Traditional Publishing

ePublish and Be Damned! – Saturday August 22, 2015

There's an old cliché in the ink stained trade from which I hail, "Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it."

But in 2004, when I was young, dumb and full of cum, I paid no heed to caution or wisdom. I had a daredevil idea, for a non-fiction book about jails in the USA, and submitted the proposal to several literary agencies based out of London.

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Making a living from writing, writing from making a living – Thursday August 20, 2015

For authors from Ken Kesey to Nathan Filer and Christie Watson, conventional working life has provided a vital resource – and not only in getting the rent paid.

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Reply to a bad review – Thursday August 20, 2015

In the years that we've been publishing our Writers' Handbook and other titles we've been pleased to get a lot of good reviews: previous editions score averages of four stars on Amazon, and an amazing 70% of reviewers for our 2015 edition gave it the maximum score: five out of five. Customers have called it "excellent", a "wonderful book" and "a must have for writers" – but, inevitably, amongst the generally positive reviews there are also the occasional negative ones. This is only to be expected, of course – you can't please all of the people all of the time – but it can be frustrating when the criticism comes not from a fault with the book, but a customer's misunderstanding of the intent. This isn't the customer's fault, of course – it identifies that, in that instance, we've failed to adequately communicate the reasons for the choices that have been made.

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Science Reveals the Advantage Writers Have Over the Rest of Us – Tuesday August 18, 2015

Science has good news for people who write: The consequences of putting pen to paper go beyond hand cramps and furrowed eyebrows.

Study after study has linked the act of writing to myriad mental and physical health benefits, including elevated mood and emotional well-being, decreased stress, an improved ability to deal with trauma and even physical healing.

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50 Shades of self-publishers: Fame and fortune through publishing yourself online – Sunday August 16, 2015

Once dismissed as vanity books, the success of EL James has paved the way for a new generation of novelists who have found fame and fortune after publishing themselves online.

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If You Want to Be a Writer Then Write! – Saturday August 15, 2015

I don't usually read Good Housekeeping, but a GH story featuring Gone Girl novelist Gillian Flynn featured on my Facebook timeline today and I had a look. Flynn was describing how redundancy from her magazine journalism job was the kick she needed to really get focused on her writing.

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Some tips on approaching an agent

By Andrew Lownie
Literary Agent, The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Ltd – Friday February 20, 2015

Our thanks to Andrew Lownie, named by Publishers Marketplace as the top selling agent worldwide, for providing this advice on how best to present yourself to an agent. This article is taken from The Writers' Handbook 2015, available through AmazonAmazon UK, and other outlets all over the world.

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Using social media to promote your writing

By M. Goldman and J.M. Johnson
Editor-In-Chief and Marketing Specialist, Freeditorial – Saturday December 20, 2014

No one knows for sure if new writers have it easier than older generations, or the opposite! With the availability of self-promotion tools, a new challenge arises: Gone are the days when the writer’s “only job” was to write a good book. Now, you, the writer, are also responsible for creating some of the publicity for yourself. Sadly, even a great piece of work might be rejected because the writer has no online presence. If you are intimidated by the world of online self-marketing, don’t be! Start with the following tips and you will be ahead of most debutant writers!

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Up for a challenge?

By Bruce Harris
Author, and Editor of the Writing Short Fiction website – Saturday December 20, 2014

This is for people who are making plans for a brand new year, and especially people who have decided that in 2015, they are going to stop making unfulfilled promises to themselves for some unspecified time in the future and actually give writing fiction a go. Savvy enough to already know that getting a first novel into print without a publication record is well nigh impossible, they decide that short fiction is the necessary first step.

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Write with an editorial eye

By Marcella Simmons
Freelance Writer – Thursday November 20, 2014

Before I even start telling you what you should do to become a better writer, let me tell you a story about my latest book project first, and why what I am about to say is so important. A writer needs to have an editorial eye, that sixth sense, that expertise to make that story, article or book as error-free as possible before submitting to any publisher. For one, no-one knows that work of art better than the writer. It takes more than once, more than twice, even more than ten times sometimes to produce a manuscript that is 100 per cent free of errors, typos, misspelled words, and unfinished sentences or paragraphs.

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